Who Reports? Using Survey Experiments to Explore Cooperation with the State in Russia and Georgia

41 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014 Last revised: 17 Jul 2015

See all articles by Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Scott Gehlbach

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Timothy Frye

Columbia University - Department of Political Science; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Noah Buckley

Columbia University - Department of Political Science; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: July 16, 2015

Abstract

What factors affect citizens' willingness to cooperate with the state? We explore this question through a study of citizens' willingness to report crimes to the police, a quintessential form of cooperation with the state apparatus, using data from survey experiments conducted in Russia in December 2012 and Georgia in June 2013. We find that citizens' willingness to report crimes to the police is strongly influenced by the nature of the crime in both countries but not generally by instruments that the state might use to encourage greater reporting. These results suggest skepticism about the ability of governments to easily engineer cooperation with the state. We do, however, find strong effects of one instrument under state control: the guarantee of anonymity to bystanders who report crimes.

Keywords: state, police, cooperation, survey experiments, Russia, Georgia

JEL Classification: K42, P26, P48

Suggested Citation

McCarthy, Lauren and Gehlbach, Scott and Frye, Timothy and Buckley, Noah, Who Reports? Using Survey Experiments to Explore Cooperation with the State in Russia and Georgia (July 16, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2464171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2464171

Lauren McCarthy

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

Scott Gehlbach (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin-Madison ( email )

1050 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States
608-263-2391 (Phone)

Timothy Frye

Columbia University - Department of Political Science ( email )

MC3320
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States
212-854-3646 (Phone)

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Noah Buckley

Columbia University - Department of Political Science ( email )

7th Floor, International Affairs Bldg.
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
107
rank
238,813
Abstract Views
955
PlumX Metrics